As soon as backdoors or any other security related "features" get involved, I tend to think that anything is possible despite how things are suppose to operate.
I wasn't looking for it to go anywhere really other than pointing out the absurdity of saying that taking a bluray rip down to a 800MB divx rip results in just an acceptable loss of quality.
I'm by no means a audio/videophile snob, but you either have a blind and/or deaf if you can't see a MAJOR quality deficiency with a 800 bluray rip. What's the point of having a bluray movie if the first thing you normally do is make it look like crap?
I always rip it to DIVX. 800 MB for a DVD or even bluray rip is a great economy,
I do the exact same thing with high res pictures. I immediately will take the full resolution raw image and convert it down to a 320px gif. Or maybe a 10% quality jpeg. You get great economy that way too. Who wants to keep a 30+MB image around when you can have almost the same thing in 10kB instead!
Ask yourself this - how could someone in Syria contribute to code they've never seen before?
The same way that Western goods make their way to any country under export control, through intermediaries.
Coke can't sell to North Korea. Coke however can be sold (or made) in China and then gets shipped across the line to North Korea.
Is it really hard to imagine that Syria or Iran might be able to download from an intermediary country that might have a mirror of the distribution? Or had someone travel to such a country to download it? Or just went through a VPN or proxy? Or...
No where does it say that the original password of the deceased was requested and/or provided. Apple could just as easily reset the password to something that was known, and then provided the reset password. Or provided some other reset mechanism to allow the requester to set a new password.
I don't know. Police officers generally tend to know that drugs are illegal and enforce such laws that make them illegal without possessing a stockpile of them at their personal desk and/or at their home. They don't have to "research" the drugs by physically possessing them outside of an operational or laboratory (aka non-official) setting.
The same thing can be said for just about any illegal activity. You don't have to actively go out and find it to learn about it. You don't have to murder, beat, or rape to know that the actions are illegal to craft a law against them. Or to speed in a car, launder money, or commit tax fraud...although those last ones are probably bad examples as I'm sure many politicians are practicing experts in those areas...
Right. Because one disaster is made better by using the few people that demonstrated that they are some of the worst options for operating a nuclear power plant. Yeah if may make a few people feel better, but in the end you'll have just as bad if not worse disaster plus a bunch of dead radioactive worthless executives to also contend with.
All the really cool kids read it when posted by NASA.
They haven't asked for phone numbers (or anything else really) for ages. At least at all the stores around here.
When I enter the store and they ask me "Can I help you find anything?" I reply "Not likely."
It's similar, but there is one major difference. Race is one of the protected criteria for civil rights. Sexual orientation isn't universally protected yet, particularly when it comes to private employers.
I think it's safe to presume that you, as well as every other internet user, were already under surveillance to some degree even before this story was published.
Run the program a few times, so the probability of errors in the output is close to zero.
No. If it's indeed a proof the probability of errors must be 0, not just close to it.
similar to how Macrovision tryies to fuck up VCRs by throwing off their tracking
Macrovision works by inserting a fake sync pulse into the vertical blanking portion of the signal. The automatic gain control (AGC) of the VCR sees this and tries to adjust for it, but results in screwing up the visible portion of the signal. This can be defeated by going old school and running the signal through an old VCR that doesn't have AGC. As usual, old tech can be used to defeat new tech.
You still have exactly the same number of bitcoins regardless of what the exchange rate is. Therefor, their wallets or funds are still exactly the same. They just might not buy as much as they once did.
I didn't see everyone bitching and moaning when their value skyrocketed with absolutely no good reason, so they can't bitch and moan when they plummet under similar circumstances.